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Hydrogen Renault Master Van H2-Tech unveiled by Hyvia

Hydrogen Renault Master Van H2-Tech from Hyvia

Hyvia has unveiled its hydrogen-fuelled van, the Renault Master Van H2-Tech prototype, alongside its hydrogen refuelling station prototype.

The company says it wants to deploy its own entire hydrogen-based ecosystem, including green hydrogen production and distribution, and a range of fuel cell-powered light commercial vehicles.

David Holderbach, CEO of Hyvia, said: "I am proud to unveil our first hydrogen prototypes. Hyvia will be able to deploy its entire ecosystem in all territories and professional fleets for a carbon-free mobility."

Available from 2022, Hyvia says that the all-new Master Van H2-Tech, which offers zero CO2 emissions, a 12m3 cargo volume and a range of up to 310 miles (500km), will “easily” meet the needs of fleets.

The hydrogen van is equipped with a 30kW fuel cell, 33kWh battery and four tanks containing 6kg of hydrogen.

The van itself is built at Renault’s Batilly plant, while electric and hydrogen integration is completed by PVI, a Renault Group subsidiary based in Gretz-Armainvilliers. The electric motor is produced at the Cleon plant, while the fuel cell assembly will begin at the Flins plant by the end of 2021. The hydrogen tanks are sourced from Faurecia.

Hyvia’s hydrogen refuelling stations will be available to purchase, lease or rent and are designed to meet and exceed all safety regulations and best practices, while allowing fuelling times similar to ICE vehicles – five minutes – to maximise vehicle availability.

Hydrogen supplied will either be generated on-site using water electrolysis or supplied in bulk using gaseous tube trailers. The system then compresses H2 into storage, before dispensing it into the vehicle when needed.

These prototypes are a first illustration of the Hyvia ecosystem, including green hydrogen production and distribution, with a range of fuel cell-powered light commercial vehicles (Van, Chassis Cab and Citybus), that are complementary to battery electric vehicles, it says.

More prototypes currently being worked on include the Master Chassis Cab H2-Tech: a large van with even more cargo space (19m3) and a range of around 155 miles (250km).

In addition, the Master Citybus H2-Tech is an urban minibus that can carry up to 15 passengers, ideal for businesses, municipalities, and local public services, with a range of 186 miles (300km).

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